Best Quotes about Character
Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly ones own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man.
You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.
Dyke, Henry Van
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece-by thought, choice, courage and determination.
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it.
He that has light within his own clear breast may sit in the center, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
Beecher, Henry Ward
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity.
Smith, Roy L.
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
Character is victory organized.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
Covey, Stephen R.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how -- the very best I can. And I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Let us not say, every man is the architect of his own fortune; but let us say, every man is the architect of his own character.
Boardman, George D.
Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow and the force of it depends on the strength of the arm from which it was shot. Argument is like a bullet fired from a gun and has equal force even when issued from a child.
Few persons are made of such strong fiber that they will make a costly outlay when surface work will pass as well in the market.
Bounds, E. M.
For character too is a process and an unfolding... among our valued friends is there not someone or other who is a little too self confident and disdainful; whose distinguished mind is a little spotted with commonness; who is a little pinched here and protuberant there with native prejudices; or whose better energies are liable to lapse down the wrong channel under the influence of transient solicitations?
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